Beer & Tournaments (No Teetotalers Please)

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  1. USS Tang

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    I like to drink two beers a night before dinner. Been doing it for 40+ years. I play USTA-sanctioned tournaments and always drink a beer or two before dinner as the draw progresses. Never before a match, of course; only at the end of the day. Does anybody see anything deleterious (bad, hamful, etc.) about this? All the Aussies did it in the glory years of Fraser, Anderson, Hoad, Rosewall, Laver, Emerson et al. Then again, I'm not in their category. Any thoughts?
     
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  2. ollinger

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    Increased risk of dementia. A handful of studies now have all shown that any alcohol in excess of one drink (12 ounces beer, 5 ounces wine, or 1.5 ounces liquor) a day causes elevated rate of dementia.
     
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  3. USS Tang

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    I said "no teetotalers." Are you trying to ruin my fun?
     
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    You already got dementia, since you did not remember that ollinger talked about one drink being ok.
     
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  5. rdis10093

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    two drinks wont kill you. beer is low ac at that. drink on my friend.
     
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  6. rdis10093

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    my local club has something of a social tournament, and there is a two drink min!
     
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  7. colowhisper

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    Whew... I have the same habit, always looking for any type of justification...
     
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  8. mikeler

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    Not if you drink India Pale Ales.
     
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  9. theyhatethecans

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    My drinking team has a tennis problem.

    Beer a set is your best bet. Swing juice.

    Every team I've ever played on, it seems the tennis is just an excuse to get together and have fun. Something is going to get me eventually, might as well enjoy it. It takes all kinds.
     
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    do tell the %
     
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  11. theyhatethecans

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    My favorite IPA by Sweetwater is 6.3%. Dogfish 90 minute IPA (there is a great beer related thread on this board with this beer in the thread title) is 9.0% ABV and it is a really fine beer.
     
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    The irony is that I started that thread and now can't drink beer anymore. :(

    Some of the double IPAs go well above 10%.
     
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    mikeler - I hate it for you. I don't know what I would do. Without beer, life would be a mistake.
     
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  14. rdis10093

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    more of a black label man my self
     
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    If I'm going whiskey, I'm going Wild Turkey. So many good Southern whiskeys.
     
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    Some athletes, even elite ones, find that 1/3 or 1/2 serving of alcohol prioe to competition can promote relaxation to elicit a peak performance. Any more than that and reflexes/reaction time will be impaired.

    I will usually drink 1/2 to one serving of red wine (or occasionally beer) a day. Note, however, as ollinger indicates, even moderate drinking can result in an increased risk of dementia.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18856658
     
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  17. rdis10093

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    never had, not a fan of rough whiskey. I like something that is smooth and is just best straight.
     
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    good die young
     
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    Drinking or smoking pot works for some, totally destroy's others.
    If it keeps the game fun, go for it.
     
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  20. USS Tang

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    To quote Winston S. Churchill, "I have taken more out of alcohol than it has taken out of me."
     
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    I guarantee that it will not impact your year end prize money by a single dollar.
     
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    As my mother in law says, if a glass of wine makes you feel less nervous and relaxed and confident in yourself, there have to be some sort of benefits in having it, rather than not, and being stressed out. I wouldn't recommend it after a first round win before playing the second round (my mixed partner did that once and we were totally beaten hands down by opponent!)...
     
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    As I previously mentioned in post #16, 1/3 to 1/2 serving of alcohol is considered optimal by many athletes for calming the nerves w/o dulling the senses. Between rounds, eat a bit (a little fat &/or protein, slow carbs) before drinking 1/2 glass of vino.

    I have performed some ECT reaction time tests before & after 1/2 glass of wine and after a full glass of wine. There was a very noticeable differences in my scores/RT. I performed slightly better after 1/2 glass than before it. With a full glass of wine my reflexes are off quite a bit even tho' I felt fine (did not even feel a buzz). I've noticed the same effects when competing in both tennis and badminton.
     
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  24. USS Tang

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    What is "ECT" reaction time?
     
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    Sorry. ECT stands for elementary cognitive tasks. These include some simple and complex (choice) reaction time tests. Both visual and aural reaction times can be tested.
     
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    We can have 1.5 ounces a day :) I like mine neat as well.
     
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    Met my wife on 2 beers a day, now I have to drink 4 a day to stay married.
     
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    In heaven, there is no beer.
    That's why we drink it here.
     
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    and when we're gone from here, our friends will be drinking all our beer.
     
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    Dude...Scotch. It is the IPA of liquor.
     
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    Take shots instead at changeovers. Rum works best I find, sometimes Everclear does the trick if I'm playing particularly bad. Or smoke weed. When I used to smoke more regularly than I do now, I would do a one-hitter of some quality stuff every changeover and it worked a wonder. I had a friend who was particularly fond of cocaine, he would take a bump of it before each of his service games. That was never my thing but it seemed to work out quite well for him, he had and still has a NASTY kick serve.

    Either medium, I would be happy as a clam by the end of the set no matter if i had won or lost, and by the end of the match I was generally entrenched in my happy place without a care in the world, and had a nice winner/unforced error ratio to boot!
     
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  32. Rjtennis

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    Wow! Can't say I've ever seen those types of things hapening on a tennis court. You play on the roof of studio 69?
     
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  33. NickC

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    You mean Studio 54?

    Nah, we're not that old, I'm only 23 and he's 15 months my junior. He and I started employing such methods in our mid teens. We used the methods to ensure that we were both without a care in the world by the end of the match (and during it, as both he and I had awful mental games. I myself have an awful one, I'm super critical of myself when on court if I'm not under the influence to the point where I'm borderline abusive to myself), heavily under the influence of our substance of choice, and without the need to pregame before going out for the night.
     
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  35. NickC

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    What's that supposed to mean?
     
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    I played a mixed tournament over thanksgiving last year out in south carolina and end up playing mixed with a lady I had never met. She was not really a big drinker, but she drank during each match because she said it calmed her. She kept a couple of 12 oz michelobs in her cooler and usually made it part way through the second one by the end of the match. It seemed to work for her though, and we won 3 matches before losing in the finals because we were completely over matched.

    John
     
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    post of the year....epic
     
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    Citations?
     
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    On the other hand...

    Moderate alcohol use may reduce dementia, cognitive damage: study

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/19/news/la-heb-moderate-alcohol-dementia-20110819
     
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